ACDC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by Malcolm Young after his band Velvet Underground collapsed. His older brother, George Young, was in the successful band the Easybeats, and his success motivated Malcolm to start the band ACDC. Malcolm Young George Young
The members of ACDC changed many times over the years. The first generation was Malcolm as lead guitarist, Colin Burgess as drummer, Larry Van Kriedt as bass player, and Dave Evans as singer. Shortly after, Malcolm’s younger brother Angus and only 15 years old joined ACDC as second lead guitarist. Angus Young
The band began rehearsing in Newtown, and decided on the name ACDC, in December 1973, after it was suggested by the Young brothers’ sister, Margaret. The band thought it ACDC described the feeling “electric”. They performed their first gig at a Sydney club called Chequers, on New Year’s Eve 1973.
In early 1974 their first single was cut, “Can I Sit Next To You Girl”, and it was released in July, after they signed with EMI (Electric and Musical Industries). Shortly after this the drummer and bass player were fired and replaced with Noel Taylor on drums and Neil Smith on bass. These guys only lasted six weeks before being fired and replaced with Rob Bailey on the bass and Peter Clack on the drums. They also replaced their singer, who they had become unhappy with Bon Scott, their chauffeur. He began playing with the band in September 1974. Shortly after this, they all moved to Melbourne and shared a house together.
ACDC released their first album in February 1975. It was called “High Voltage”. It was followed with the release of their second single “Baby Please Don’t Go”. Not long after this the band once again fired their drummer and bassist, this time replacing them with Phil Rudd on drums and Mark Evans on bass.
ACDC made their first live TV performance on Countdown, in April 1975, and performed their recently released single. They made several appearances...